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Academic History Reports

Overview 

Academic History Reports provide a visual representation of applicants' academic history-related information. 

As you review the following reports, refer to the Working with Report Data page for specific information on filters and tooltips. 

Notes:

  • Not all CASs collect the same standardized test information. The following help content may include standardized tests that do not apply to your CAS. 

Understanding the Boxplot

Academic History Reports use box-and-whisker plots, or boxplots, to show distributions of data. The name refers to the two parts of the plot:

  1. The box, which contains the median of the data (median is the number that is at the midpoint of an ordered data set) along with the first and third quartiles (25% less than and 25% greater than the median).
  2. The whiskers, which typically represents data within 1.5 times the interquartile range (the difference between the first and third quartiles). 

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GPA Distribution

Using this report you can:

  • Compare GPA distributions cycle-over-cycle using the box plot visualization in the top left side of the report. The GPA scores are separated by percentiles (25th, 50th, 75th, and 100th), and you can use the tooltips for a breakdown of the box plot components and the GPA scores to which they correspond. Any outliers are displayed as single dots at the bottom or top of each box plot, and you can use the tooltips for more information on the scores those dots represent. 
  • View the GPA distribution according to a percentile of interest. When you enter a percentile in the Percentile filter in the top right side of the report, the distribution highlights GPA scores that fall below that percentile. To highlight a range of scores of interest, use the selector tool by clicking and dragging across the range (i.e., the dots), then download the data to perform additional analysis (note that you can also hover over the percentile line to view the corresponding score).

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  • View the GPA distribution by applicant count. The table at the bottom of the report uses a heat map to visualize the counts for each recorded GPA score (rounded to the second digit).

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GPA Filters

In addition to the standard set of filters and the Percentile filter noted above, the report includes three additional GPA filters:

  • GPA Source: allows you to filter by US or international GPAs. 
    • US Official GPAs are calculated based on the coursework an applicant enters into the application. This coursework is verified for accuracy by the Liaison Verification Team using official transcripts sent to us by each college the applicant lists in their application (note: this process is subject to verification rules and settings set by each CAS).

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    • International GPAs are provided by a foreign evaluation vendor, such as World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
  • GPA Type: allows you to filter by year, subject, or school GPA. 
  • GPA Sub Type: this filter displays a range of differing values associated with each GPA Type. The sub type values are defined by each CAS (i.e., each CAS determines what standard GPAs to calculate for each applicant).
    • Note: the most common GPA Type and GPA Sub Type combination is GPA Type = Year and GPA Sub Type = Overall

GPA Distribution by Cycle – Histogram

Similar to the heat map in the previous report that displays GPA distribution by applicant count, this report uses the same data, only presented using a histogram.

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MCAT Distribution

This report uses the same visualizations found in the GPA by Distribution report, only using MCAT scores. 

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MCAT Filters

The report include a Percentile filter like in the GPA by Distribution report, as well as three additional MCAT filters: 

  • Test Score slider: allows you to filter by a test score range by either adjusting the slider or typing the start and/or end score for the desired range.
  • MCAT Score Type: allows you to filter by test scores submitted before 2015 or 2015 and later (based on MCAT changing the test format to include a different number of subjects and test score scales).
    • Old MCAT Scaled Score: a number between 3–45, with a 50th percentile score of approximately 25. Includes scores such as BiologicalSciences, PhysicalSciences, and VerbalReasoning.
    • New MCAT Scaled Score: a number between 472–528, with a 50th percentile score that hovers around 500. Includes scores such as CPBScore, CARSScore, and BBFLScore.
  • Official status: allows you to filter by official or unofficial test scores. Official scores are test scores sent to the CAS directly from the administrator of the test (AAMC, ETS, ADA, etc.). Unofficial test scores are reported by applicants in the application.

NBDE Results by Category

This report provides a breakdown of NBDE results.

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Academic History Report Example Scenario

Accreditation

ABC College is in the self-study phase of accreditation. Andrea, the Admissions Director, is preparing extensive documentation detailing the quality of her programs and how they meet the accrediting organization's standards. She wants to include some information on her admissions practices. Specifically, she wants to analyze total GPAs for each incoming cohort and compare them to final GPAs for each graduating cohort. She opens the GPA Distribution Report and begins her analysis to determine if there's any statistical significance worth reporting. 

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